Labour leader Keir Starmer has urged the Government to publish its exit strategy this week, as he warns that the “silent pressures on families and communities across the country cannot be underestimated”.
In a letter to the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Starmer announces that Labour will support the Government’s decision to extend the lockdown, which is expected later this week, but calls for the Government to publish clear plans and a strategy to ease restrictions when possible.
He says: “The question for Thursday therefore is no longer about whether the lockdown should be extended, but about what the Government’s position is on how and when it can be eased in due course and on what criteria that decision will be taken.”
He adds: “We agree the measures need to remain in place, but to maintain morale and hope, people need a sense of what comes next. The silent pressures on communities across the country cannot be underestimated.”